My free public appearance in Michigan AUG11

July 26, 2014 – 3:10 am
  "This will be a first-ever opportunity to hear Scott Sonnon speak in Michigan. The event is designed to foster an open dialogue about dyslexia and learning disabilities, based on Scott's own experiences. His global journey of discovery, as told in his new book, A Mountain Stands: Confessions of a Suppressed Genius, included alternative learning styles, movement, martial arts championships and much more. It should be an entertaining and rewarding evening for anyone with an interest in parenting, education, fitness, yoga or martial arts." DATE: 8/11/2014 (Mon 7:00PM - 8:30PM) LOCATION: The Commons, 7526 W. Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI                       www.242commons.com ADMISSION: Free  Register by August 3rd and be entered into a drawing to meet Scott before the event and have your picture taken with him at the book signing for his new autobiography. Winner will also receive a free ebook copy of Scott's title, Living ...

Die young at heart, as late as possible

July 26, 2014 – 3:06 am
  "You sure write a lot about hardships. Why not write to positive things and get over negative?" - posted to my timeline last night. Health and fitness is never a constant. You don't get healthier and fitter and continue that way until you die. We are going to get sick again, hurt again, and suffer pain again. During those vulnerable moments, negative attitudes skulk back in. Being positive isn't a denial of the negative. I look around me right now and feel so grateful to have this temporary moment of being in incredible shape, pain-free, without injury or illness, because I know, this too shall pass. By being realistic, you don't leave your mind and heart defenseless to the shock of life's inevitable hardships. Why write for those who are pain, injury and illness free? It isn't difficult to have a positive attitude then. But we do need to support and strategies when ...

My “Dozen Do-Nots” for evolving my career and improving my character

July 25, 2014 – 3:02 am
   My "Dozen Do Nots" for continually evolving my career and improving my character: 1. If it feels wrong, don't do it. Don't act until you stop feeling entitled, self-righteous and blaming others for your situation. Own your power. Don't surrender it to others' definitions of what they believe you ought to do with your life. 2. Say exactly what you feel. Don't hide behind personas and images. Be yourself, even if it's different than yesterday (especially so). If people don't like what you feel, they can find others to listen to. Don't squelch your voice because others want you to pretend to be something different than you are. 3. Don't be a people-pleaser. Don't try to be everything to everyone. Be unapologetically yourself and the right people appear in your life. Those that must leave (for awhile or forever) can do so without remorse, and even with gratitude for the time you had ...

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody

July 24, 2014 – 3:08 am
"Dad, did you know that when kids see you, they're scared. Probably because of your muscles, shaved head and tattoos. But when they get to know you, you're the grown-up they want to play with?" - My son says yesterday at the beach while looking around. "Kids are more forgiving than adults; because they just want to have fun and don't really care what a person looks like. Thank God for me," I laughed. He glances down at me, and tear-jerkingly says, "I want to be someone like you, Dad. You make everybody feel like somebody." I looked up from my chair at his lucid consideration of his future and how he wants to treat others. (Seeds his Mother has planted over the years had erupted through the cracks for a brief moment.) Seizing the teachable moment, I grabbed his shoulders and said, "You're already someone better than me. Just keep being you. ...

The worst thing we can do is nothing

July 23, 2014 – 3:40 am
  The doctor asked, "Does it make you angry to be the slowest student in your class?" I replied, "I'm not slow. When I understand the teacher, I get things fast." He prodded, "Do you think that's why you act out; because you wish you understood your teachers as quickly as the other students do?" It felt like he was playing a game with me, but I didn't understand the rules. Something he was saying didn't feel right, like he was leading me; and if I answered his question, I would be accepting the box in which he seemingly wanted to place me. So, I asked him, "I don't get some things sometimes. I get other things other times. And some things I get in my head, no one else seems to get at all. Why do you call me slow for that?" He responded by asking, "Is feeling like you've been called 'slow' making ...

Your yoga is not flexible or deep” - So what?

July 22, 2014 – 2:41 pm
  "Your 'Sonnon flows' reveal your inflexibility, most likely because as a westerner youre distracted by movement. As an advanced yogini, I have observed many who make your mistakes. I came to yoga very flexible as a gymnast so I have been able to practice the depth of poses most people cannot, because you tend to fidget around the surface of real depth. To go deep, hold your poses still for a minimum of ten minutes and don't get caught up in moving around." - a doozy of a post by a young yogini, graciously published on my timeline. My depth is not your depth; yours isn't mine. My own edge today will even change tomorrow - even throughout the day, and relates to all of the challenges and adaptive process we face over time. I'm not trying to "do real yoga" and achieve an arbitrary outcome of depth. I allow my body ...

Nothing to join the crowd; everything to stand alone

July 22, 2014 – 2:59 am
  There are two types of education: for a living and for a life - my teacher, Amma, said. I've had much of the former, but the latter had eluded me until I could decode what each of my teachers were sharing with me into these three simple categories: 1. That which you feel, embrace and share, you will magnetize to you. The more that you give away, the more that will come in. Be a strong conduit. 2. In the manner in which you behave, act and practice, you will adapt and evolve. Allow yourself to grow a little better each day by each choice you make. 3. To that which you curiously wonder, imaginatively ponder and risk with great faith, you will discover solutions and strategies to manifest them in the world. Honor your ideas as GIFTS by making them of service to others.  This education that teachers offer us often isolates us ...

Ever wrong, always learning

July 21, 2014 – 3:06 am
  "It's hard for me to take what you wrote seriously when you include prayer. A true scientist wouldn't surrender his judgement to some belief in a soul. Stick to the facts. Drop the fiction." - posted this Sunday to my timeline. I look at my children, and I see God, as clearly as I see them playing on the beach. And as my prayer, I try to not only do good in everything I do, but I try to do better everyday; not just clasping my hands with promises, but in opening them outstretched to others.  "True" scientists will be the quickest to tell you that we don't know "facts." We have eliminated all but our best guesses at explaining phenomena. Tomorrow, we will probably have better explanation; if we don't discover we had been entirely inaccurate. Dyslexia had been (and still is!!) nationally defined as a "learning disability" - yet recent research ...

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from the negative

July 20, 2014 – 3:13 am
  Make peace with your past, so it doesn't war with your present. All that has happened has been for a positive reason, even if you can't see it yet. What others think of you is a reflection of themselves, so it's none of your business what they think of you. What you think of yourself is. Time heals, so give time - more time. Distract yourself with something harmless, healthy, or helpful and time with take care of you. No one and no thing is responsible for your happiness, but you. We suffer because we believe we can be brought us happiness. Don't compare yourself with others. If you had any other life for one day, you'd desperately want your own back. Stop thinking so much. Not knowing all the answers is just fine. Enjoy the mystery and surprise.  Smile. Turn off the news. The problems of the world aren't yours. Your challenges are totally enough. ...

Make your vocation - a vacation

July 19, 2014 – 2:40 am
My grandfather once said, "Make a game out of what matters most. Play hard; you'll go far if you do, because you're having fun at something that means something for your family." Playing chess with my son at the beach jogged my memory of that long ago insight, so I repeated it to my boy, hoping the seed plants deeply in him as it had in me. I've tried to make no difference between my labor and my leisure. If my education and my recreation are the same - if my vocation is a vacation - I should always appear to be both working hard and playing well.  It sounds simple, but it's not easy. Even in a game, we come to moments of overwhelming disadvantage. Then, the play can be filled with pressure. When our body feels great pain, our mind - great dread, our hearts - great sorrow, then, we must ...